Arka Pandit, Ph.D.

Arka Pandit, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Civil Engineering / Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Motivated by the need for sustainability and resilience in an increasingly uncertain world, my primary research interest encompasses two of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: “Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” and “Ensure access to water and sanitation for all”. To progress towards achieving the aforementioned research goals, my research focuses on:

  • development of integrated adaptable urban infrastructure systems for sustainability and resilience optimization at the systems level,
  • development of sustainable and novel materials and technologies to remove and recover nutrients from point and non-point sources, and
  • sustainable and resilient water-wastewater-stormwater systems that ensures equitable access across the socio-econo-demographical divide.  


Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
B.S Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Engineeing, Science and Technology, Shibpore, India


1. Chai, R.‡, Pandit, A., (2018) “Managing the Influx of Nutrients to Coastal Areas from Non-Point Sources at the Watershed Scale” Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology (Under Review)

2. Pandit, A., Crittenden, J.C. (2018) “Quantifying Full Spectrum Resilience of Urban Water Systems: A Framework” Water Resources Management (Under Review)

3. Pandit, A., DesRoches, R., Rix, G.J., Crittenden, J.C. (2018) “The SuRe (Sustainable and Resilient) Zone of Urban Infrastructure System (UIS) Planning & Design” Journal of Infrastructure Systems (Under Review)

4. Pandit, A., Brown, H., Newell, J. P., Chang, M. E., Weissburg, M., Xu, M., … Crittenden, J. C. (2017). “Infrastructure Ecology: An Evolving Paradigm for Sustainable Urban Development”. Journal of Cleaner Production, doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.09.010

5. James, J-A.C., Thomas, V., Pandit, A., Crittenden, J.C. (2016) “Water, air emissions, and cost impacts of air-cooled microturbines for combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) systems: A case study in the Atlanta region” Engineering, 2 (4), 470-480.

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Graduate Courses

  • CE 571: Biological Wastewater Treatment
  • CE 572: Physicochemical Water Treatment
  • CE 590: Water Chemistry
  • CE 592: Surface Water Quality Modeling

Undergraduate Courses 

  • EG 270: Engineering Thermodynamics
  • CE 370: Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • CE 374: Environmental Engineering Laboratory
  • CE 412/512: Sustainability and Management of Infrastructure Systems
  • CE 470/590: Water and Wastewater Treatment Design
  • CE 471: Water and Wastewater Treatment Design Laboratory
  • CE 494: Environmental Transport Modeling  
Faculty Advisor: Alabama Water Environment Association, University of South Alabama Student Chapter